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Comment Re:The Clickbait Tipping Point (Score 1) 342 342

Calm down everyone, did you have a bad day? I guess you react the same when reading "man killed by a falling tree" in the newspaper, like "stupid title, implying that trees are willingly killing people and trying to take over the world!", right?

I think the relevance is that a man died in a accident with a complex and autonomous machine (properly called "robots" since they exist in factories, like it or not), and that's not so easy in this case to predict everything that can go wrong, like, say "don't put your hand inside the press". Also, it's not so easy to say if the safety considerations are in charge of the user, or the machine's designer, and in what percentage.

Comment Re:Slashdot guilty of pandering (Score 2) 342 342

It's a simple, if tragic, industrial accident

Nobody said the opposite.

FUD about completely fictional (and in this case entirely absent) AIs

Nobody ever talked about AIs behind that.

pandering to the fears of people who are afraid they will 'take over'.

Only valid for stupid people.

Comment Re:Why is a robot different from any other machine (Score 1) 342 342

I think in this case it's different because the robot has an arm and hand (so to speak) capable of grabbing you, and a lot of possible complex movements, so it's much less predictable than, say, a press with respect to the safety of people around it.

Submission + - Worker killed by a robot at Volkswagen factory

m.alessandrini writes: A worker at a Volkswagen factory in Germany has died, after a robot grabbed him and crushed him against a metal plate.

This it perhaps the first severe accident of this kind in a western factory, and is sparkling debate about who is responsible for the accident, the man who was servicing the robot beyond its protection cage, or the robot's hardware/software developers who didn't put enough safety checks. Will this distinction be more and more important in the future, when robots will be more widespread?

Comment Re:This will do WONDERS for Yahoo's image! (Score 2) 328 328

It's true, but Windows Vista used to ask "Are you sure" 3 times when changing a system settings, they could have put the same effort in warning you of similar activities done by installers, or restricting a little bit more what an installer can do, especially when the OS business model is relying 99% on 3rd party software.

Economists state their GNP growth projections to the nearest tenth of a percentage point to prove they have a sense of humor. -- Edgar R. Fiedler